Warning: May contain spoilers for book oneTitle: Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, #2)
Author: Anna Banks
Publish Date: May 28th 2013
"Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.
As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance."
StoryLine: This book takes up a few hours after Of Poseidon left off. Galen goes to fetch Grom, and Emma's mom knocks both Emma and Rayna out with chloroform and kidnaps Emma away. Turns out she's convinced she killed Grom in the mine explosion and this whole thing has been one elaborate set up to arrest her. Yeah, if I didn't already think her mother was nuts (who asks her daughter's new boyfriend why he doesn't want to bang her daughter?), this would have fully convinced me. All the chances he had, all the times they were alone, and all the other ways he could have arrested her if he wanted too, and she thinks he would think that was the right time. And telling her daughter that he never really loved her, that he only ever wanted to get to her mom, that's just cruel. And the worst part was Emma starts to question it, and believe it might be true.
I really don't like when I plot is driven by a lack of communication/misunderstanding, and that's exactly what happens for 1/3 of the book. Then, the rest of the book is centered around trying to expose Jagen and Paca, while being put on trial themselves for all sorts of nonsense.The whole thing was frustrating and unbelievable, but like a guilty pleasure, I couldn't put it down. Then there's a sad twist right at the end that I totally wasn't expecting.
Characters: Galen and Emma spend almost the entire book apart. I believe there's maybe two scenes where they are together. And considering that they just became an actual couple at the end of the first book, it makes for poor relationship development. This whole series is pretty romance centered, but most of it is yearning for each other, and not actually being together. Don't get me wrong, I like Emma and Galen together, but I would like to actually see Emma and Galen together. There's also not a lot of Rayna+Toraf, which upsets me because they are my favorite couple of the series. But they too were apart most of the book.
Parting Thoughts: This was a cute continuation of the trilogy; even though it was frustrating at times, it was a fast read.